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Interesting Quotes About Officiating, and Life

"Remember, we have the responsibility to be the guardians of the game.  This is an awesome, yet important, responsibility that we need to take seriously.  The game belongs to the kids playing it.  Remember no matter what the age of the kids, it’s their game, not ours."

Pete Morelli
NFL Referee #135



"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."

Aristotle



"When I walked onto the field on Saturday afternoons, there was nowhere else I would like to be."

Ren Edwards
Line Judge/Big Sky Hall of Fame



"I don’t want anyone to say I was a good athlete but worth nothing as a human being – I couldn’t bear that."

Max Schmeling
Heavyweight Boxer
World Champion 1930-1932 & 1936-1938
 


"Don’t let this be said about you and your officiating: 'Professional official – Amateur human being.'”

Unknown



"It’s not the years in your life that count...it’s the life in your years."

Abraham Lincoln



"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."

Jalal Ad-din Rumi
Persian Poet, Mystic



"You have to be perfect your first game, and then get better in every game the following weeks."

Norm Schachter
NFL Referee, 1954-1976
3 Super Bowls - I, V & X



"Football officials get themselves into twice as much trouble for what they say than what they do.  You can't misquote silence!"

Don Wilson
WCFOA Director of Officials



"He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help."

Unknown



"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.  I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.  I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."

Abraham Lincoln



"Be glad of life because it gives you a chance to love, to work and to play.  Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow in death.  The number of breaths you take doesn’t matter.  what's important are the moments and memories and what pave the way of your journey until God calls you home."

Anonymous  



"Address it.  Deal with it.  Move on.  Use it as a motivator."  

Bill Walsh
Head Coach
Super Bowl Champions
San Francisco 49’ers



"Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them."

Orison Swett Marden
1850-1924
Author & Publisher



"Very few of us fail to make mistakes.  This does not excuse mistakes, but it at least puts us in good company."

General George Patton



"Be kind to those you meet as you rise, you may pass them again as you fall."

Irish Proverb



Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley
1849–1903



"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me - all I ask is that you respect me as a human being."

Unknown



"I learned a long time ago that person must be true to himself if he is to succeed.  He must be willing to stand by his principles even at the possible loss of prestige.  He must first learn to live with himself before he can hope to live with others."

Jackie Robinson
Hall of Fame Baseball Player



It requires incredible foresight to remain faithful to an idea.  To ignore what your eyes and ears tell you and imagine better.  One individual - Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson imagined better and ended eighty years of baseball segregation.  He crossed the color line and made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as the first African American in major league baseball.

One of five, born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, GA, Robinson was raised in relative poverty by a single mother.  Even though he wasn't born into a privileged environment, Jackie was destined for something infinitely larger.  His professional baseball career, which spanned from 1947 to 1957, is the quintessential story of an All American Baseball hero.

Despite unmitigated racial discrimination from baseball's management, teammates and fans, Robinson possessed the courage to defy retaliation and was the consummate athletic professional.  He was an outstanding base runner, stealing home 19 times in his career more than any ball player since World War I.  As a disciplined hitter, a versatile fielder and an outstanding defensive player Robinson won Rookie of the Year in 1947 and Most Valuable Player in 1949 for the National League.  He was the first African American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and became a member of the All-Century Team.  He received a championship ring when he led the Dodgers to a 1955 World Series victory over the New York Yankees.

Major League Baseball retired Robinson's number 42 - never to be worn by another ball player - in recognition of his accomplishments on and off the field in a ceremony at Shea Stadium.

Robinson's historic achievements in baseball were but one aspect of his life and legacy.  Quoted as saying, "I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me - all I ask is that you respect me as a human being" he was a champion of civil and human rights.  He was a staunch supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Anti Defamation League of B'nai Brith.  He founded the Jackie Robinson Construction Corporation to improve living conditions of Black Americans in metropolitan areas and he served as Vice President of Chock Full O' Nuts.

Robinson was a significant fundraiser for the NAACP and a major figure in national politics influencing leaders such as Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon; Hubert Humphrey and Nelson Rockefeller.  As a syndicated columnist, he was a civil rights movement forerunner.  One of only two players in baseball Jackie received the Congressional Gold Medal and President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.



Peace

It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise,
trouble or hard work. 
It means to be in the midst of those things
and still be calm in your heart.

Unknown



Fact: The players are continually getting bigger, stronger, faster & better.
Fact: Each year we must continue to get better!



"The really great athletes not only have talent, they also work hard.  They work not only on their strengths, but they also work on their weaknesses, so that they aren’t liabilities.  This isn’t always fun.  This isn’t always easy.  But, this is what separates the great ones from everybody else.  This is true not only of athletes, but also football officials."

Bud Brubaker – NFL #23
Former NFL Referee (1950-1970)
Former NFL Observer (1970-1990)



"When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews and bones to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent."

Meng Tzu
Chinese Philosopher
372-289 BC



Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything

1. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3. A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4. A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6. A time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7. A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8. A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.



"Make something of yourself.  Try your best to get to the top, if that’s where you want to go, but know that the more people you try to take with you, the faster you’ll get there and the longer you’ll stay there."

James A. Autry


 
"Take someone with you – It’s more fun than traveling alone!"

Unknown
 


"The best looking glass is the eyes of a true friend."

Irish Proverb



"Don't ask the question - if you don't want to hear the honest answer. 
If you don't want to hear the truth.  Don't be afraid to speak the truth.
Honesty is the best policy!"

Unknown



"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Sir Winston Churchill
1874-1965
British Statesman, Prime Minister, Author, Nobel Prize winner



"The goal of an NFL officiating crew's is...to be anonymous."

Unknown



"What we want to do is to pick up the paper Monday and read about the game, not the officiating."

Mike Pereira
NFL – Vice President of Officiating



"Learn from the mistakes of others.  The league will fire you before you can make them all yourself."

Unknown



"Tough times don’t last – Tough people do!"

Unknown



"To err is human…to forgive is not the policy of the National Football League."

Pete Rozelle
Former NFL Commissioner



"Don't leave a mess for somebody else to have to clean up.  Don't leave a mess another crew has to take care of later.  Take care of business!"
  
Bill Athan
Former WAC & AFL Referee


 

"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

The Serenity Prayer



"The success man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way."

Dale Carnegie



"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."

Nelson Mandela



"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803-1882
Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist



"Look like an athlete.  Carry yourself like an athlete.  Be proud of what you do.  Have that self-confidence.  Keep yourself in good physical condition."

Jim Tunney – NFL #32
Masters Series of Football Officiating Video



"The future is now!"

George Allen
NFL Head Coach
LA Rams & Washington Redskins



"Don’t worry about tomorrow.  Do what’s necessary today.  What you do today will determine your future.  Take care of the things you can control!"

Unknown



"Physical fitness is an important part of being a good official.  It is important to maintain your fitness.  All officials are to meet the fitness standards set by the Big Sky Conference at the clinic."

Doug Toole
Big Sky Conference
Coordinator of Football Officials



"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."

William Saroyan
1908-1981
Armenian American Dramatist and Author



"I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

George Washington



Fact: Fatigue effects concentration/effort/judgment.



"One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive.  No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve." 

George Allen
NFL Head Coach
LA Rams & Washington Redskins
Whittier College & Long Beach State



"Don’t tell people how good you are – let them find out for themselves.  If they do – you are probably pretty good.  And if they don’t – you probably aren’t as good as your think you are."

Unknown



"No one likes someone who is full of himself."

Herb Farmer



"Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.
Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!"

Christian D. Larson



"Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow."

Isaiah 1:17



"Don't cut your throat with your own tongue."

Unknown



"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.  We are all the same in this notion.  The potential for greatness lives within each of us."

Wilma Rudolph
1940-1994
Olympic Gold Medalist



"Football officials who are overweight do not add credibility to our association."

Don Wilson
Director of Officials - Emeritus
Western Collegiate Football Officials Association



"You have to love what you do.  The day you stop loving officiating, you have to get out.  To love something, you have to have fun doing it."

Bama Glass
NFL Line Judge, 16 years



"I admit it.  I love excitement.  You have to enjoy it and you have to have the highest integrity."

Bud Brubaker
Former NFL Referee



"The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.  Hard work is the price we must pay for success.  I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."

Vince Lombardi
Coach, World Champion Green Bay Packers


 
"NFL officials are not allowed to get fat or out of shape.  A fat man wouldn’t command respect on the field."

Mark Wilson
Former NFL Director of Officiating
Before Art McNally & Jerry Seeman



"Each season my goal was to raise my test score and lower my weight." 

Bob Blair
Former Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt & Big Sky
LOS Official



"A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."
     
Muhammad Ali
 


Fact: Every year the players stay the same age (18-23 years old).
Fact: Each year you get a year older.



"There are no guarantees in life.  There are no guarantees in officiating.  Enjoy the moment."

Unknown



Carpe diem = Seize the day



"I had a fabulous time.  What you remember are the people, the fact you were tied together in a cause.  That’s what football and sports are really about.  You’re like partners or brothers.  It’s a lot like what soldiers fighting together must feel."

John Robinson
Former Head Football Coach on retirement
LA Rams (9 years), USC (12 years), UNLV (6 years)



"When the League is interested in prospective football official, things are not left to chance.  One of the League’s observers, usually a former pro official who has retired (not been fired), watches the man work many times.

The observers spot-check a potential prospect on his judgment, reaction under pressure, decisiveness, game control and positioning. 

I throw in my criteria for a pro official.  I always look to see if the prospect has the guts to call a foul against the home team with the clock running out and the game on the line.  I also look at his appearance.  It he’s heavy, write him off."

Norm Schachter – NFL #56
Former NFL Referee (1954-1976)
NFL Observer (1977-2001)
From his Book: Close Calls (1981)



God Bless America

God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her,
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam.
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home.



Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see?By the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed?By the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars?Through the perilous flight?O'er the ramparts we watched?Were so gallantly streaming

And the rocket's red glare,
The bombs bursting in air?Gave proof through the night?That our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that Star-Spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Francis Scott Key



"Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country."
 
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
35th President of the United States
Inaugural Address – January 20, 1961



"Ask not what your crew can do for you.  Ask what you can do for the crew."

Unknown



"For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name.  He marks - not that you won or lost - but how you played the game."

Grantland Rice



"Does he have presence?  Does he look like a football official?  Does he look like he belongs out there on that football field?"

Bud Brubaker
Former NFL Referee (1950-1970)
Former NFL Observer (1970-1990)



"The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

Vince Lombardi



The Man In The Arena

It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs,
who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end
the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst,
if he fails,
at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with
those cold and timid souls who neither know
victory nor defeat.

Theodore Rooselvelt
26th President of the United States
"Citizenship in a Republic"
Speech at the Sorbonne – Paris, France
April 23, 1910



"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Unknown



"They built my accomplishments way out of proportion.  I never got the idea that I was a tremendous big shot.  I could carry a football well, but there are a lot of doctors and teachers and engineers who could do their thing better than I." 

Red Grange



"Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Continue to learn.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is."

Mary Ann Radmacher



"Never forget the debt you owe all those who came before you. Give back something to the game. Provide leadership."

Bud Brubaker
NFL Referee (1950-1970)
NFL Observer (1970-1990)


 
"A mentor is like the lamplighter who makes his way through the village lighting each lamp.  You can always tell where he's been.  He leaves the light shining."

Unknown



"Give back – Help others get better!"

Unknown
 


"Deep inside, we’re still the boys of autumn, that magic time of the year that once swept us on to America’s fields."

Archie Manning



"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.  The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist



TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More
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